City of Charlotte

Local News
8:41 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations

Lyft drivers strap fluffy pink mustaches to their cars for identification.
Julie Rose

Two new ways to get around town have landed in Charlotte: they let you skirt traditional taxi and limo options and summon a ride through your smart phone.

The companies themselves are skirting Charlotte ordinances that govern vehicles for hire, as they have in most cities where they operate. But in North Carolina, they first slipped a new law through the state legislature that means Charlotte may not have any authority to regulate them.


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Local News
5:34 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Charlotte Airport Battle Drags On As FAA Deliberates

Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot is the attorney representing former airport director Jerry Orr and the embattled commission created by state lawmakers to run the airport.
Credit Julie Rose

Federal regulators are refusing to deal directly with former Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr and the commission state lawmakers appointed him to lead. That's according to the commission's attorney, Richard Vinroot, who says the FAA has also made clear that its decision regarding the airport's governance will not be "expedited." 


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Local News
4:38 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Apartments Or Automall? Council Considers North Charlotte Plan Near Light Rail Corridor

The Arden Group is proposing a multi-dealer automall on 40-acres off I-85 near IKEA. The property is currently zoned for apartments.
Credit Julie Rose

 A complex of four or five auto dealerships is being proposed for 40 acres of land near where the new light rail will run through University City.

On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone the property, which is currently approved for apartments, not auto sales.  

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Local News
9:38 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Private Kennel Or Neighborhood Nuisance? City Seeks Compromise

Project HALO is one of about 100 nonprofit animal rescue groups the city partners with to get pets out of shelters. Neighbors complain of noise, odor and traffic. Rescue groups say they're being unfairly targeted by the city's code enforcers.
Credit projecthalo.net

Complaints from animal rescue operations – and from their neighbors – have prompted the Charlotte city manager to have staff look into the current zoning rules regarding operations known as "private kennels."


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Local News
9:33 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Cab Industry Shrinks Following Airport Taxi Changes

Since 2010, only three cab companies - Yellow, Crown and City Cab - have been allowed to wait at the airport curb for customers. Most other taxi companies in Charlotte are struggling to survive.
Julie Rose

In the two years since the Charlotte airport overhauled its taxi operations and kicked all but three companies off its curb, the city's cab industry has been transformed.

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Local News
2:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Judge: CLT Airport Stays With City Until FAA Says Otherwise

Former Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr and attorney Richard Vinroot respond to the court ruling.
Credit Julie Rose

 It's up the Federal Aviation Administration to make the next move in the ongoing struggle for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


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Local News
4:53 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Airport Commission Attorney: City's Arguments 'Utterly Baseless'

Attorney Richard Vinroot responds to media questions on behalf of Jerry Orr and the airport commission created by SB 380.
Credit Julie Rose

An attorney for backers of a regional commission to run Charlotte Douglas International Airport says the city's legal arguments against a transfer are "utterly baseless," because there is no transfer. Rather, Richard Vinroot says airport would remain the city's property and the new commission to operate it would be an agency of the city.

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1:12 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

House Passes Charlotte Airport Authority Bill

It's nearly a done deal. The North Carolina House gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure transferring the Charlotte airport to a regional authority. All that remains is Senate concurrence with changes made to the measure in the House. That could come in the next day or so.

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Local News
9:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government

Cultural Life Task Force
Credit Carolina PR

As a group of community and cultural leaders works to find an answer to Charlotte's crumbling arts funding system, they're looking to individual donors, corporations and the government.

On Monday, the Cultural Life Task Force heard from city and county administrators, including the budget director of Mecklenburg County. His message: Don’t expect the county to give more.


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Local News
10:47 am
Mon June 10, 2013

The Surprising Story Of Charlotte's South End

South End's rebirth started with renovation of Atherton Mill. Today the Icehouse restaurant has replaced Southend Brewery.
Julie Rose

Some of the hottest restaurants and hippest gatherings in Charlotte are just beyond Uptown, in the neighborhood known as South End.  Developers have taken note: enough apartments are under construction to double South End's population by 2015. 

City leaders say it's a shining example of what transit can do. But there's so much more to the story.


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